I’m really digging on the Oliver + S Class Picnic shorts right now. That pair I made for KCW was not rejected (hooray!!), and they are so cute on her, if I do say so myself. I love the confetti facings but I’m also a little sad they aren’t more plain, because adding a contrast print really cut down on what they’ll go with. Neutral would have been much more practical. But that was easy enough to solve with another pair.
I used some red chambray I found in the remnant bin at Bolt last fall. It’s not really a go-with-everything color, but the shorts are all one color, which does make them a little more wearable. It’s kind of a reddish-pinkish shade – strawberry, if you will.
Speaking of which, once I had the red chambray chosen, it almost killed me not to use the Briar Rose strawberries as the contrast fabric. Of course it would have completely defeated the purpose of making shorts that would go with everything (or anything), but still, I had to exercise MAJOR self-restraint to keep them neutral. The strawberries would’ve been really fun. Luckily – and this is one mark of a great pattern for me – the waistband has a facing piece, so you can sneak in a surprise contrast fabric on the inside.
So now they’re at least slightly fun.
But really, I’m glad I made them all one color, because they go with both of the shirts I made last week.
Again, I interfaced the main front waistband piece in addition to the facing piece for added structure. The chambray is really lightweight so that helps the waistband stand up.
I love the design of these shorts, from the retro wrap-around look to the faux fly. And while they’re a bit of work, they aren’t difficult at all, and the pattern is as clear and detailed as you’ve come to expect from Oliver + S. It’s funny, I bought this pattern for the blouse and really had no interest in the shorts, but now it’s the shorts I’m crazy about. That’s the power of the Oliver + S flickr pool…